Lee Jae-Yong was the "last beneficiary" of the crimes committed during the scandal, the prosecutor has stated.
The case dates back to a contentious 2015 Samsung merger backed by the state pension fund - and forms part of a bigger scandal that has encircled dozens of prominent figures, not least impeached ex-President Park Geun-hye who is awaiting her own judgment on multiple charges including coercing massive donations from local business leaders. Lee emerged from a Seoul court on Monday (Aug 7), where the prosecution announced it wants to see him locked up for 12 years.
"The defendants were closely tied to power and sought personal gains", the prosecutors said.
The princeling of South Korea's richest family was charged with paying, or promising to pay, about 43.3 billion won (38.4 million US dollars) in bribes to ousted President Park Geun-hye and her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, who was at the center of the influence-peddling scandal. The court's ruling is expected later in August and will affect the ongoing trials against the ex-president and her associate, the Yonhap news agency reported.
Samsung's Jay Y. Lee was arrested in the graft scandal.
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Samsung Electronics offered no comment regarding the prosecutors' demand.
The charges could entail at least five years in prison if Lee is convicted.
Lee became emotional Monday as he denied ever trying to seek political favors in his final remarks in the four-month-long trial. They requested seven to 10-year terms for three other former Samsung executives.
Taking the stand for the first time in his defense last week, Lee claimed that he had no role in decision-making at the wider Samsung group and "mostly listened to other executives".
They said the restructuring would help to cement the leadership of Mr Lee, who was standing in as chairman for his ill father, Lee Kun-hee.